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Month: March 2016

Life with Atlas George

Life with Atlas George

‘Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.’ – Kurt Vonnegut I really, truly believe that the greatest moments in life are the everyday, ‘simply living life’ moments. Moments which, at the time, seem insignificant, […]

Easter; family, food, and too much candy

Easter; family, food, and too much candy

Today, we spent the day with my mother’s side of the family celebrating Easter. I feel like our family traditions for Easter are pretty basic. We do ham, cheesy potatoes, and family time. This year, we brought back the Easter egg hunt finally having enough […]

Easter Egg Frenzy

Easter Egg Frenzy

Over the weekend, we took Atlas to his first Easter egg hunt. We found one near my parents house, and decided it would be fun for us all to go together. The Excellent Egg Frenzy is put on by the Woodbury Parks & Rec every year rain or shine! We braved the cold, and went. We expected there to be a lot of kids there, but were blown away by the number of people when we arrived. The field where the egg hunt was taking place was packed with both children and adults, all ready to run for eggs.

Even though the adults found the event a little chaotic, Atlas seemed to enjoy himself. He loved being around all the people. He is most definitely a people-watcher. A bird-watcher, and an airplane-watcher, too. Oh, and let’s not forget, the little toy he got in his egg was pretty rad.

They had the children separated out by age group, so I was hoping Atlas would get to run and ‘find’ some eggs himself. That was not the case. The moment they said go, all the adults swarmed the field. All the eggs were gathered within a minute or two. We only managed to get two eggs in the chaos.

After all the eggs had been found, we noticed a little girl who didn’t have any – so Atlas shared one of his with her. Honestly, I was shocked that some kids had baskets full of eggs even though there was a limit of 5 per child and other kids had none. Atlas was just as happy with one egg as two, and we made that little girl’s day. Could you imagine bringing your child to an event like that and leaving empty-handed?! In moments like these, I feel like we are doing something right as parents.

 

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

Atlas at the Egg Frenzy

 

 

Mommy-Friends + Playdates

Mommy-Friends + Playdates

Atlas had his first official play date this weekend, #attysplaydates. We got together with one of Josh’s co-workers, his wife and son. And let me just say, I had a really good time. Their little man is only a month younger than Atlas, so the boys […]

Life In Papa’s Chair

Life In Papa’s Chair

You know how people associate smells, sounds, and tastes with certain events or people? For example, every time Josh eats Oreos he tells me how they always had Oreos at his Great Grandmother’s house growing up. Or, every time I hear a Journey song I can’t help […]

Ice Cream + Sunshine

Ice Cream + Sunshine

Everyday is a new adventure through the eyes of a child.

Today, we explored an entirely new part of the Minnesota Zoo. For the first time all year, it was warm enough to stroll the outside trails. (70 degrees!) We saw bears on the Grizzly Coast, spied prairie dogs on the Northern Trail, and played at the Hanifl Family Wild Woods play area. A really fun, unique play area built to immerse kids into nature.

I’ll admit I was a little saddened that most of the animals were still in hibernation mode. But, I quickly realized that it didn’t matter to Atlas, so it shouldn’t matter to me. Atlas was just as entertained by the sleeping leopard, roaming camels, and the birds that flew above our heads – the ones that were, like us, just visiting the zoo. It didn’t matter to him what the animals were doing; he was too busy enjoying what was, to worry about what wasn’t. Isn’t it amazing the things you can learn from your children?

 

Xylophones | #attygoestothezoo

Playing Xylophones | #attygoestothezoo

 

I was overjoyed to soak up a little sun. Atlas was over the moon about all the little kids. He recently developed some shyness, which keeps him from saying hi to anyone. He will, however, go up to and stare at any kid he wants to play with. It’s adorable, yet a little … creepy. So, he stared. Finally, he worked up the courage to play the xylophones with the most adorable boy, and promptly say goodbye. He’ll say goodbye and wave, just not hi.

But if you ask Atlas, he will tell you – the best part of the day was last. Just before we left, we got ice cream and watched the monkeys play. Needless to say, my child loves ice cream most. The pictures say it all, so I won’t. Take a peek.

 

Monkeys & Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Ice Cream | #attygoestothezoo

Yummy | #attygoestothezoo

 

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Minnesota Thaw, Atty goes to the Park

Minnesota Thaw, Atty goes to the Park

All you Minnesota moms out there know exactly how exciting it is to have weather like we had today. It is March in Minnesota, and we have 66 degree weather. That just doesn’t happen. So when it does, you take full advantage. You escape captivity […]

Going Home | Momcation16

Going Home | Momcation16

  I’ve never been so excited to go home. Let me explain. As you may know, for the past five days I have been in Miami with my dear friend, Kara. We were blessed to be able to take a momcation – to relax and […]